Note: This story was last updated at 2:15 p.m.
The Lady Mavericks kept it close, but the Lady Wildcats prevailed in a 48-40 win at home on Tuesday. Oak Ridge will play Powell tonight, also at home at Wildcat Arena.
Oak Ridge and Anderson County were tied 25-25 at halftime on Tuesday. The Lady Wildcats led 37-31 at the end of the third quarter, but the Lady Mavericks were able to narrow the lead to four points in the fourth quarter and keep it there for about a minute in the final 90 seconds.
The Lady Wildcats (17-3, 11-0 District 3-AAA) were able to widen the lead to eight points late in the game on four made free throws by sophomore post Mykia Dowdell and freshman point guard Jada Guinn in the last 34 seconds. Dowdell led Oak Ridge with 16 points during the game, and Guinn had 14.
The Lady Mavericks (8-15, 6-5) were led by freshman Brooklin McCoy, who scored a game-high 20 points. Senior Colebee Sumner added 12 for Anderson County.
It was a much closer game than the last meeting between the two teams, which Oak Ridge won 58-31 on December 11.
“They had a great game plan,” Oak Ridge Coach Paige Green said of Anderson County on Tuesday.
She said she wants her team to take shots or take the ball to the basket, even if players have their shots blocked or pick up an offensive charge.
“We’ve got to have the scoring mentality,” Green said.
The Lady Wildcats played Powell (10-10, 9-2) on December 8 and won 55-43. Tonight’s game (Thursday, January 28) against the Lady Panthers starts at 6 p.m.
The Lady Wildcats have six games left in the regular season and four at home. They will play Gibbs at home on Friday.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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